Dragons are just one of the many things that make Game of Thrones the mega hit that it is.
Those uber-realistic dragons, however, take a staggering amount of work.
According to the Pixomondo Studios, winners of 3 Emmy awards for their work on Game of Thrones, each of those dragon scenes takes a 10-man team six months.
The process begins with creating the dragon, literally starting from the skeleton and adding layer up layer of muscle, fat, and ultimately multiple layers of skin and texture.
While that’s going on, the cast is filming the live action shots using lime green screen stand-ins for various parts of the dragon’s body the stars will interact with.
It then takes a different 5 person team an additional 3 months to integrate the dragons into the live action scenes with the amazing level of realism fans expect.
As a refresher, the dragon’s names are:
- Drogon, named after Khal Drogo, black with red markings. Larger and more aggressive than his siblings.
- Rhaegal, named after Rhaegar Targaryen, green with bronze markings.
- Viserion, named after Viserys Targaryen, creamy white, with gold markings.